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Sports & Recreation

Physical contests and recreational games have long played a part in human society. In both team and solo sports, the human body has been pushed to its limits in the name of improving athletic performance and to break record upon record. The ancient Olympic Games are an early example of the contests in which humans have engaged to showcase physical prowess. In modern times, sports and games have evolved into a lucrative and competitive industry, while other leisure activities, such as card and video games, can be competitive or can just be a way to unwind or socialize.
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The 10 Greatest Basketball Players of All Time
According to our sports editor, at least.
List / Sports & Recreation
Orange basketball on black background and with low key lighting. Homepage 2010, arts and entertainment, history and society
What Was the Super Bowl’s First Blockbuster Commercial?
Read the story behind Apple’s 1984 Macintosh reveal, the Super Bowl’s first blockbuster commercial.
Companion / Sports & Recreation
January 21, 2019: Superbowl LIII will be played at Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday, February 3, 2019 against the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams.
Is It Really Dangerous to Swim After Eating?
Aside from the sharks, that is.
Demystified / Sports & Recreation
three boys sitting in a pool eating pizza, living the dream.
Golf
Golf, a cross-country game in which a player strikes a small ball with various clubs from a series of starting points (teeing...
Encyclopedia / Sports & Recreation
The restored manor house and golf course at the Headfort estate in County Meath, Leinster, Ire.

Sports & Recreation Quizzes

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - AUGUST 17: Usain Bolt runs at the World Athletics Championships on August 17, 2013 in Moscow
Usain Bolt Quiz
How much do you know about the Jamaican track superstar? Test your knowledge with this quiz.
MILANO, ITALY - SEPT 17: Allen Ezail Iverson during his European tour on September 17, 2009 in Milan, Italy
Basketball Player Nicknames
Think you know the nicknames of these famous ballers (cagers, netters, hoopsters)? Test yourself with this quiz.
FUKUOKA, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 19: Unidentified Sumo wrestlers engaging in the arena of the Fukuoka Tournament on November 19, 2010 in Fukuoka, Japan.
Sumo: Fact or Fiction?
Do you think you know a lot about sumo? Test your knowledge with this quiz.
ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 16: Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on December 16, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. Playing against the Pittsburgh Steelers
Super Bowl
Think you know all about the Super Bowl? Take this quiz to test your knowledge of the biggest sporting spectacle in North...
May 25, 2014: NASCAR driver, Kurt Busch (26), runs the 98th annual Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, IN.
Indianapolis 500
Think you know everything about the Greatest Spectacle in Racing? Prove it, as fast as you can.
Volleyball match
Volleyball: Fact or Fiction?
Know a bit about spiking, hits, and rallies? See if you can serve up a winning score in this volleyball quiz!
People in a gym in martial arts training exercising Taekwondo, the trainer has a black belt.
Martial Arts: Fact or Fiction?
Earn your black belt in martial arts knowledge with this fact or fiction quiz!
A person is shooting with recurve bow on a target during an archery competition. Focus on the targets. archery
Obscure Olympic Sports
Are you well versed in the rules of indoor handball? Do you love learning about the history of archery? This quiz is for...
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Doping in Sports
Test your knowledge of drugs and scandals in sports with this quiz—but there’s no cheating allowed.
The Lillehammer 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games flame left the Panathinaikos Stadium on Tuesday, on its journey to Norway.
Olympic History
Do you know the history of the Olympic Games? Take this quiz to test your knowledge of the premier international sporting...
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Sports & Recreation Subcategories

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Although baseball has traditionally been seen as America’s national pastime, gridiron football has made its own indelible impact on the American sports landscape. Decades of informal, student-organized collegiate games ultimately gave rise to a thriving college football scene and to the hugely popular professional version of the game. Despite early and continued concerns about the game’s violence, gridiron football eventually became the United States’ leading spectator sport, and it has achieved a degree of international popularity through television.
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Suzuki, Ichiro Baseball
Although the United States can be credited with developing several popular sports that were adopted internationally, it is baseball that Americans have traditionally recognized as the “national pastime.” Baseball’s early history was interwoven with and reflective of major social and cultural cleavages, but the sport also proved to possess great unifying power, as the experience of playing, watching, and talking about baseball became one of the nation’s great common denominators. Additionally, we have baseball to thank (or point fingers at) for the continued status of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” as one of the best-known songs among Americans.
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Wilt Chamberlain Basketball
Basketball, game played between two teams of five players each on a rectangular court, usually indoors. Each team tries to score by tossing the ball through the opponent’s goal, an elevated horizontal hoop and net called a basket.
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Ice hockey, game between two teams, each usually having six players, who wear skates and compete on an ice rink. The object is to propel a vulcanized rubber disk, the puck, past a goal line and into a net guarded by a goaltender, or goalie. With its speed and its frequent physical contact, ice hockey has become one of the most popular of international sports.
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Xavi Soccer
Football, also called association football or soccer, game in which two teams of 11 players, using any part of their bodies except their hands and arms, try to maneuver the ball into the opposing team’s goal. Only the goalkeeper is permitted to handle the ball and may do so only within the penalty area surrounding the goal. The team that scores more goals wins.
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Olympic Games, athletic festival that originated in ancient Greece and was revived in the late 19th century. Before the 1970s the Games were officially limited to competitors with amateur status, but in the 1980s many events were opened to professional athletes. Currently, the Games are open to all, even the top professional athletes in basketball and football (soccer).
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(Top) Obverse side of a silver denarius showing caduceus and bust of Mercury wearing winged petasos; (bottom) on the reverse side, Ulysses walking with staff and being greeted by his dog Argus, in a fine narrative illustration of Homer's Odyssey. The writing on the reverse gives the name of the moneyer under whose authority the coin was struck. Coins of this type, called serrati, were produced at the mint with cut edges to combat counterfeiting. Struck in the Roman Republic, 82 bc. Diameter 19 mm. Games, Hobbies & Recreational Activities
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